I have been here several times
I have been here several times and never had a bad meal. The staff is friendly and does a great job explaining different things on the menu. Coming from an Italian family, I hold very high expectations. Fiorentinos meets those expectations every time. This will always be one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Chicago!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Italian Food
Excellent foot. Cioppino to die for
John and Francis are wonderful
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time here and loved
First time here and loved it! Had the gnocchi and no complaints here. Cute little Italian spot with large menu. I will be back.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Waiter was very nice and perfect
Waiter was very nice and perfect place for a weekend dinner in Lakeview area. Easy parking.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I highly recommend this place!!!!
The ambience was wonderful!!! Small and intimate.
I wish the tables were alittle further apart.
The food was outstanding, huge portions and
our extremely handsome waiter was excellent!!!
I can't wait to go back!!!!!!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
repeat visitor-which says
repeat visitor-which says it all! Last visit was somewhat differentthan usual as it was quite busy (earlu Sunday night with many families which included 6-12 year olds). Our waiter forgot to place an order for a salad I had ordered with my pasta-not fatal- but not up to the usual wait staf experience. Living in the neighborhood assures tat we will return.Lou The Listener
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fiorentino's is a favorite
Fiorentino's is a favorite of my husband's and mine. The food, atmosphere and service are topnotch.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
My family from Crystal Lake
My family from Crystal Lake came to the city for my birthday dinner. I originally requested a seat in the outdoor patio because it's so pretty, and usually it's quiet (my dad is hard of hearing), but this time, it was the first 70 degree day of the year so EVERYONE wanted to sit outside. After we were seated, my mom asked if we could move inside so my dad could hear us better, and it was no problem. The atmosphere is soothing, with all the famous "crooners" playing over the speakers, it is beautifully decorated, and the service is excellent! And since it was my birthday, they brought me a signature dessert on the house! My parent's didn't even have to ask-- they had it written on our reservation.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Don't miss experience
This wonderful Italian eatery has taken its place amongst the best in Chicago. It took a while to accomplish this but time has turned this neighborhood venue into a WINNER! Waitstaff is knowledgable and "fun". No rushing the patrons ins this establishment, rather encouragement to take your time, converse with friends, and savor the food. Each of our 4 person group enjoyed a separate entree and the consensus was that all were sensational. From the pasta with it's savory sauce to the veal and chicken dishes, everybody wanted to try a "sample" of every dish on the table. Other than "Ooh, that's fantastic", conversation gave way to just good old fashoned eating! Reasonably priced, it is really a "don't miss" place to go
Lou the Listener
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Came here once before for an anniversary dinner and then last evening for a graduation dinner with a large group. Had high expectations since my last visit was perfect, and Fiorentino's did not fail to impress. The stuffed Gnocci was a favorite for our table along with the crab cakes. Hands down one of my favorite restaurants.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
amazing Italian food
I first went to Fiorentino's on New Year's Eve, arguably one of the more crowded nights out. We had reservations and our table was ready when we arrived even though the dining room was full. The service was great despite the hectic night, and the food was incredible. Stuffed gnocchi? Yes please! I took my mom last weekend after we discovered they offer a gluten free menu that isn't just meat and salad. She raved about her dish for days afterward. If you haven't tried Fiorentino's yet you must go. Don't let the Ashland Ave address scare you, it's very quiet inside. You'd never know you were on a busy street. There's even parking in the adjacent lot. Give it a try!
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A delightful evening with
A delightful evening with friends. The flowers in the garden greatly enhance the dining experience.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fiortino's is THE best Italian
Fiortino's is THE best Italian restaurant in the City. I can't believe it has taken me so long to hear/know about it. The food is delicious and extremely fresh. The ambiance is amazing. The outdoor patio, even in the winter, is very quaint and wonderful and makes you feel like you are in Italy. The service has been tremendous each time I've been there. Saturday I was there with friends and my sister. We stayed quite long after eating & the waiter kept making sure we were ok, but did not encourage us to leave or make any indication that we had to leave. Another great dining experience!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful and delicious food
I am lucky that Fiorentino's is walking distance from my home, as it has become one of my favorites. The food is always good and the service is friendly. I love the half-price bottles of wine on Mondays. I always order the scallops appetizer--a slightly different presentation each time with fresh ingredients and always perfectly cooked. The apple fig bleu cheese salad is amazing. The seafood entrees are healthy and perfectly prepared. I love the covered outdoor patio and beautiful flowers. The service is always top-notch. Highly recommend!
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Delicious Meal
I'm becoming a regular at Fiorentinos, dining in the garden which is cooled in the summer and heated in the winter. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, the grilled Polpo appetizer is deliciously tender and the Arncini are very good too.My favorite is the Frutti di Mare with Risotto (plenty of seafood) and for desert the unconstructed Canoli. They have a very nice wine menu and John is very helpful with recommendations.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a delightful dining experience. The seating in the softly lit outdoor dining patio where this evening had a light rain storm which made the room smell like a fresh flower garden. The timing of everything from the seating to the delivery of the drinks and the food was perfect. We did have early reservations on a weeknight and it wasn't very busy. I had the salad of arugula greens with parmigiana cheese and the portobella mushroom ravioli which was outstanding! We topped it off with the best canolli I'd ever had. Cannot wait to try other dishes and will definitely recommend to family and friends.
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for meat lovers & vegetarians
My date and I split the Australian lamb chops, which were served with a sauce that was so good, we dipped our bread into it to enjoy every single drop. The seafood medley had a great portion of tender seafood in a flavorful broth. We can't wait to go back!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Authentic Italian Food
This restaurant was recommended by a waiter at another restaurant. The food was excellent and it did not disappoint. We are moving to Chicago and will definitely go back.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and great food!
Great service and great food! My boyfriend and I went with two other couples, it was a great place to caught up with friends and enjoy some wine and great Italian food! I will definitely be going back soon :)
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went on a Friday looking for a nice romantic dinner. Fiorentino's had great food and excellent service, and our waitress gave us great recommendations. It's byob for up to one bottle of wine, cork fee was $12. The dining area we sat in was a little small, but it was romantic and perfect for the two of us. We will definitely be back!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I passed by Fiorentinos so many times and finally made it! It was wonderful. I had a pasta special Farfalle Positano and it was superb! It was fresh, lightly tossed in garlic olive oil and good size shrimp. I especially enjoyed the lightness of the olive oil as it complemented the pasta and did not overwhelm it. My friend had salmon and said it was excellent. We had spumoni for dessert which was also delicious! I am definitely returning. In addition, there is parking in a lot next door which enhances the visit.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice and friendly
My wife and I went there for our anniversary and loved everything about our experience. I had there signature pasta and my wife had the gnocchi and recommend them both highly. We got the impression anything we ordered would have been awesome. On a personal note, my wife accidently left her anniversary card and they called to let us know. I would call that above and beyond.
Matt and April
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food, professional service
Every part of our meal from salads to desserts was excellent. Would recommend without hesitation!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Oudoor Dining!!
Celebrating my daughters birthday we were a group of 9 including one 3 yr old. We requested outdooring seating on what seemed like the hottest day of the year but were pleasantly surprise to find cool air flowing on the patio. Convient free parking only a few yards from the entrance was a plus. The resturant allowed us to bring one bottle of our own wine for the special occassion with a nominal corking fee. Beginning with the welcome from the hostess the service was outstanding. Food was excellent we had a variety of entrees from pasta, veal and fish, all were excellent.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well appointed restaurant
Well appointed restaurant with easy access from expressway. Quality food and attentive service.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The whole experience here was very nice and the food was very good. The tuna tartar was very good with an arugala salad and the chicken limon was great too. Our waiter was friendly, caring about our experience and was very attentive. I found a new favorite wine in Bella Gross Pinot Noir which was very bold and fruit fwd for a pinot. The outdoor patio was quant and I enjoyed the garden. Very good experience and I would go back
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's all in the cooking
Quiet, warm, relaxing atmosphere, slightly old fashioned in a good way, but what really counts--the execution of the dishes--was modern, fresh, and smart. Lots of vegetable garnishes, a light hand with the saucing, tender pasta, perfect scallops. We'll be back.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten at Fiorentino's
We have eaten at Fiorentino's several times and have never been disapointed.
The good and service are both excellent.
We trust the wait staff for advice about the dishes and have not been led wrong.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you love Italy then you
If you love Italy then you will love coming here as it's a family business and everyone is treated as such. Plus, they have the most extensive gluten-free pasta menu I've ever seen. Every other restaurant offers penne for their gluten-free option -- this restaurant has gluten-free ravioli and gnocchi. Amazing!!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything we'd hoped for
My wife and I were looking for a great restaurant to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We're both gourmands, and were looking for that place that would blow us away. Fiorentino's did not disappoint: everything was exceptional, from the service to the ambiance to the unbelievable food. The gnocchi in tomato cream sauce is one of the best (if not *the* best) pasta dishes I've ever tried. The arugula salad was very fresh, and the veal was cooked perfectly. Even their cocktails are interesting and flavorful! Can't recommend this place enough.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian food
We were a bit rushed before a play and had small meals. Excellent, but my favorite here has always been, and continues to be Veal Milanese.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is quaint, with a warm atmosphere. The service is quick and the waitstaff is attentive. The food is outstanding! I brought someone here who was raised on Italian home cooked meals made by relatives from "the old country" and said this was on par with everything he has always had. I've been here several times and am never disappointed. Friends I have bought have also come back on their own. Mr. Fiorentino is a warm and friendly man who makes you feel very welcome as if you were in his home. His wife, who supervises the kitchen pays attention to detail. If you want to get in on a Friday or Sat, be sure to get a reservation because the place is full of happy diners.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always drive by, have heard
We always drive by, have heard good things, and when we finally got a free night and a sitter we decided to check it out. The waitress was very friendly and had no problems recommending food and drink. We sat on the patio, it was very quaint and not too loud. We had the special scallops before our entrees, and the scallops were delicous. For entrees, my wife got the gnocchi, and since she shared I can say it was some of the best gnocchi I have had in a while. I had the chicken parmesan, and it was very good.
All in all we had a great time, a perfect spot to have some good food and good conversation.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly and delicious
Great preparations, attentive service, and beautiful patio. Try the specials and take advantage of half-price bottles of wine on Mondays.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian in lakeview
We had a great time with great service with excellent food
The entire staff was awesome service was excellent
We will be back soon
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've driven past this restaurant countless times and ended up choosing it at the last minute as a place to eat before a play. What a pleasant surprise! Food was excellent and included more than one vegetarian dish. Authentic. We ate in the garden room, which is lovely. We definitely plan to return to this urban gem.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very enjoyable neighborhood
Very enjoyable neighborhood spot for really good southern Italian...
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best Kept Secret in Lakeview
Frances Fiorentinos devotion to the highest quality ingredients and preparation or her timeless classic dishes are what makes her restaurant stand out above the rest when it comes to fine Italian dining. And it is her devoted following that has made her restaurant so popular year after year
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a delightful find!
This was our first time dining at Fiorentino's and we were very pleased. We were two couples and celebrating a birthday. Our waiter was very helpful with recommendations for wine. We were there on a Monday when a bottle of wine is 1/2 off on most of their wines...what a deal. My husband and I shared a house salad. It was fresh and delicious. We ordered fried calamari and smoked salmon plate for appetizers, both delicious. Everyone enjoyed their entrees which included mushroom ravioli, lasagna, linguini with white clam sauce and risotto. We ordered two desserts to share. The cheese cake and the lemon sorbet were both outstanding! We enjoyed a lovely, romantic evening with wonderful food and service. We will return!
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been driving by this place for years. Finally stopped in. Was pleasantly surprised. Food, Service and Ambience all on point. Will make it a regular place.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I have been coming hear for years. It is a hidden gem off Ashland. We always sit in the patio but it really is a place for all seasons. Great vibe! Food is fantastic and recommend house special pasta and the meatballs. Will always return!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
All of our party shared their
All of our party shared their entree's - all were excellent. Especially nice that the chef was willing to adapt their entree's (different sauces, etc.) to accomodate our party's requests!!! Service was excellent!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were first time diners.
We were first time diners. Loved the illusion of outside dining. Service was very friendly and helpful. Best chicken vesuvio I've had since Steffani's on Fullerton closed years ago. My wife loved the veal lemon and my son devoured the stuffed pork chop. We will definitely return. Suggest calling and getting instructions about free parking.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Traditional Italian Food
This restaurant is a wonderful little neighborhood find. Our son just moved to the neighborhood and we thought we'd try this restaurant as it appeared charming from across the street. The food was absolutely outstanding--very traditional Italian with home made pastas. We started with the Octopus and it was delicious! We took our son and two grandsons and we all had great meals. The only down side to the evening was very sketchy service. I wouldn't judge on that one visit as they were having problems with their phones and electronics which could have carried over to the service. This is a place we will go to again and again unless the service problem proves to be consistently bad. The inside is as charming as the outside.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cooked with Lots of Love
Finally made it INTO Fiorentinos after ogling it when passing by. The service was really good, with a very knowledgeable waitress regarding wine selection and entrees preparation. The grilled octopus app was outstanding, better than places in Greektown, and almost as good as the octopus at Taxim. The wines by the glass selection is very good and can give you the opportunity to try several if you wanted to - the price range is $7.50 to $11. We wanted to eat in the garden room, which was nice, but next time, we'll try the main dining room, as it was even nicer, classy, and more so romantic.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great selection and value
First time here. The menu was extensive and the server knew all about each selection we questioned. Appetizers and entrees were all very good. This is the type of place you wish every neighborhood had. You can return many times and always select something different with confidence. We will be back soon.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, friendly and competent service. A lovely neighborhood restaurant for a relaxing, no-stress evening with friends. Nice wine list. I've been here many times and have never been disappointed.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been there several times before, but had been awhile. Added a few new items to the menu. Pork Chop was a nice addition. Sausage Risotto was tasty. Short-rib special was excellent.
Additional seating outside in a climate controlled tent, nicely decorated for the season.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great place ! The food is wonderful . All of us enjoyed our meal tremendously.
I would suggest asking to sit in main dining room has better atmosphere .
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly and accomodating
The staff was great. The place was packed and our reservation was delayed about 30 minutes as a result. The manager brought appetizers out for our group and was very apologetic. The extra wait was worth it. Our table server was a gem and attended to our every need. The food was everything we had hoped for!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM